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A 37-year-old male asked:

Question from doctor for other doctors here: when a patient describes the possibility of a malignant tumor, when do you hold back detailed information and when would you portray this information without fear of scaring the patient?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Depends: It would depend on the psychological make up of the patient. Is is just the patient thinks s/he has cancer or there is a objectively diagnosed cancer? If there is objective diagnosis of cancer, it is imperative to inform the patient. You may seek the assistance of a social worker to facilitate the transmission of information. Wish you good health!
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